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Random Writing Quote:

“Some things are hard to write about. After something happens to you, you go to write it down, and either you over dramatize it, or underplay it, exaggerate the wrong parts or ignore the important ones. At any rate, you never write it quite the way you want to.”

--Sylvia Plath

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Date: December 15, 2018

Speaker: Paul Marks

Topic: "How to Write Short Stories Using Screenwriting Techniques"

Paul Marks

Paul D. Marks is the author of the Shamus Award-Winning noir mystery-thriller White Heat, set during the Rodney King “riots” and its sequel Broken Windows, mystery-thrillers that take place in the 1990s, though the issues they deal with, racism and immigration, respectively, are still things firing up the news today. Publishers Weekly calls White Heat a “taut crime yarn.” Broken Windows, deals with the contentious immigration issue. Publisher’s Weekly says: “Fans of downbeat PI fiction will be satisfied…with Shamus Award winner Marks’s solid sequel to 2012’s White Heat.”

Asked about his new novel, Marks said, “Broken Windows holds up a prism from which we can view the events burning up today’s headlines, like the passionate immigration debate, through the lens of the recent past. It all comes down to the saying we know so well, ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’.”

His short story Windward, has been selected for the Best American Mystery Stories of 2018, edited by Louise Penny & Otto Penzler, and has also been nominated for both a 2018 Shamus Award and Macavity Award for Best Short Story. Ghosts of Bunker Hill was voted #1 in the 2016 Ellery Queen Readers Poll. He is co-editor of the multi-award nominated anthology Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea. His story Howling at the Moon (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine) was short-listed for both the 2015 Anthony and Macavity Awards for Best Short Story, and came in #7 in Ellery Queen’s Reader’s Poll Award.

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Upcoming January 19, 2019:


Speaker: David Putnam

Date: January 19, 2019

Topic: "Dave on Writing"

David Putnam

Best-selling author David Putnam comes from a family of law enforcement and always wanted to be a cop. During his career, he did it all: worked in narcotics, served on FBI-sponsored violent crimes teams, and was cross-sworn as a US Marshall, pursuing murder suspects and bank robbers in Arizona, Nevada, and California. Putnam did three tours on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s SWAT team, executing dynamic entries, hostage rescues, and serving as team sniper. He has also worked in criminal intelligence and internal affairs and has supervised corrections, patrol, and a detective bureau. In Hawaii, Putnam worked as Special Agent for the Attorney General investigating smuggling and white-collar crimes. The Reckless is the sixth in the Bruno Johnson series.